“Being able to see through both eyes after all these years means the world to me.”
A man in the UK has had his sight restored through a pioneering stem cell treatment 25 years after he lost it in an acid attack, iNews reports.
James O’Brien was blinded in his right eye at 18 after a teenager sprayed him with ammonia in a random attack in south London.
Now 44, he is the first patient to undergo a new life-changing eye surgery in which doctors used stem cells from his healthy left eye to grow tissue in a lab and restore his sight.
“Being able to see through both eyes after all these years means the world to me,” he said.
“It’s the little things I’ve appreciated the most, like being able to see my wife and children clearly for the first time.
“It’s fantastic and has definitely improved my quality of life … there were times before when children would look at my eye and recoil in horror. It’s nice for that not to be an issue any more.”